Central Park is the heart of Manhattan, and you live right in the middle of it. A mix of affluent and working-class residents, you enjoy a high quality of life, but a decrease in small businesses due to high rents. Home to Julliard and Lincoln Center and once a haven for artists, the Upper West Side is a creative mecca, but you worry your neighborhood is losing its character. What are the top 3 issues plaguing District 6?
Issue #1: Parks Preservation
Riverside and Central Parks are two of the most luscious green spaces in the city. Always an oasis from the city’s hustle and bustle, residents and tourists alike enjoy the secret gardens that are hidden within. But parks require as much maintenance as any city monument and acquiring an adequate budget to do so has always been a struggle.
Issue #2: Affordable Housing and Legal Protections
While the neighborhood is amongst the most affluent in the city, like all of NYC, the Upper West Side is home to public housing that receives little attention and funding. Working-class residents have expressed dangers and health hazards due to neglect, and one of the sole sources of affordable housing in the city is becoming increasingly more expensive.
Issue #3: Gentrification
The migration of young, middle-class residents to the neighborhood has prompted a domino effect of gentrification, where mom and pop shops are replaced by large chain stores that have little interest in investing back into the community. A neighborhood that was once filled with artists and diversity is slowly being driven out because high rents are making it impossible to take root here. Gaps in socioeconomic equality have made themselves blatant and many residents want legal protections to prevent long-time inhabitants from being displaced.